Sunday, March 7
FA Women’s Super League
Birmingham City Women v Arsenal Women (2pm)
Arsenal make a swift return to the second city, a week after dispatching Aston Villa by four unanswered goals at the Bescot Stadium.
The win was the Gunners first in the FAWSL since the turn of the year and reignited their challenge for a Champions League berth.
“Obviously, we’ve looked to get back into our rhythm and into our way of playing,” Arsenal boss, Joe Montemurro, told www.thefa.com.
“Today was a perfect example of the professionalism we approached the game with, but more importantly we were always in control and we felt it was just a matter of time until we got our rewards.
“We’re in a position now where we control our destiny. To get into the top three spots we can’t make too many errors going forward.
“We’ve got more games that we believe we can do very well in and it’s purely up to us. We control our situation. We’ve just got to make sure we’re professional and we limit our errors.
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2pm)
Tottenham slipped to a third-successive FAWSL defeat when Everton visited the Hive last Sunday. However, Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner tried to remain positive despite the setback: “We’ve shown a lot of belief and character today to come back from two goals down and I think overall we stuck to the game plan,” the Lilywhites boss explained.
“We definitely deserved to get a point out of the game. We showed a lot of resilience to come back from 2-0 down, and that’s something we’ve been working on.
“We get ourselves back into a 2-2 position and ultimately from that point we’ve just got to make sure we keep things really tight. We did really well overall and we did deserve a point from the game.
Skinner added: “There are a lot of positives to take out of today and those are the bits we need to focus on moving forward into next week’s game. We’ve created a number of good chances today – I think more clear-cut chances than in our previous games.”
West Ham United Women v Chelsea Women (3pm)
West Ham United face a daunting task against title favourites Chelsea, although midfielder, Kate Longhurst insisted the Hammers could spring a surprise at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
“Over the international break, we’ve been working hard and bonding together,” Longhurst told www.whufc.com.
“It’s something that we’ve always had and there’s no problems within the camp, we all want to do well for each other, and we need to translate that onto the pitch now.
“Some games there’s been little things missing that have made the difference from us winning or losing, and then some we haven’t been good enough.
The 31-year-old added: “We’re definitely still together as a group and believe that we’re a good enough team to do well. It’s tough when you’re down at the bottom, but we’re going to give it our best on Sunday.”
Chelsea head across the capital off the back of a sensational 2-0 Champions League Round of 16 first-leg success over Athletico Madrid. The Blues playing almost 80 minutes with ten players following the dismissal of Sophie Ingle.
“Three words: discipline, structure, game-management,” boss Emma Hayes told ww.chelseafc.com.
“They are the three things this team are built around, but I have a group of leaders that cope with difficult moments.
“You really have to credit my team for the performance, because that’s not easy to do for 80 minutes and still win the game.”
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Manchester United Women v Aston Villa Women (Noon)
Manchester City Women v Everton Women (2pm)